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Please redress the balance of millennium development goals

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2533

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  1. Ian Magrath, president1,
  2. John Seffrin, chief executive officer2,
  3. David Hill, president3,
  4. Werner Burkart, deputy director general4,
  5. Rajendra A Badwe, director5,
  6. Twalib Ngoma, president6
  1. 1International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), Brussels, Belgium
  2. 2American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA, USA
  3. 3International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Geneva, Switzerland
  4. 4International Atomic Energy Authority, Vienna, Austria
  5. 5Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India
  6. 6African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
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    The landmark millennium development goals provide a road map for reducing the disease, poverty, and hunger faced by millions worldwide. Unfortunately, the progress they have instigated is at risk of being undermined by new threats.1

    Cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) currently claim more than 35 million lives each year, accounting for 60% of all deaths worldwide. When measured in disability adjusted life years (DALYs), they also account for nearly …

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